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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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Trump rally attendees sue San Jose

Fourteen attendees of a San Jose Trump rally on June 2 have filed a class-action suit against the city, the mayor, and the police chief for their failure to protect them from rioters.

“Law-abiding citizens leaving the Trump rally were victimized by being forced by armed police to walk into a riot in full swing where many were assaulted while police looked on,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon, who is also the vice chair of the California Republican Party.

Dhillon says her clients range from a 14-year-old who was assaulted by two different individuals and denied assistance by the San Jose Fire Department to a 71-year-old woman whose glasses were ripped off and destroyed by three rioters. She said it was made clear that the “inaction” of 250 San Jose police officers “was colored by political viewpoint considerations.”

As documented at the time, the San Jose police actually arranged things so that the Trump supporters were forced to take a detour that would put them directly in the path of the violent protesters, and then stood down and watched them get attacked.

I hope they win big, and bankrupt the mayor and the police chief.

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  • Edward

    From the article: “Liccardo, a backer of Hillary Clinton, also was accused of ordering officers to stand down as Trump supporters were being attacked, a claim Police Chief Eddie Garcia has called ‘absurd.'”

    Well, somebody coordinated the incident. If Chief Garcia is saying that it wasn’t Mayor Liccardo, then he must think that it was somebody else. Could it be Garcia, himself?

    From the article: “‘I have a lot of control over my officers, but my officers do not know the meaning of the term stand down,’ Garcia said at the time. ‘They would not follow that order nor would I ever expect them to.'”

    Interesting that he thinks that his officers would be so insubordinate. The reason the order stand down exists is that sometimes it is needed. Garcia did not say that under the circumstances his officers would not be expected to let fellow citizens be mauled by rioters, he said that his officers would disobey orders under any circumstances — which includes circumstances of the officers themselves getting emotional and out of control and mauling citizens. That makes those officers much more dangerous than we had previously believed.

  • wodun

    This was one of the ugliest events in modern American history, certainly since Democrats sicked police dogs on protesters down South 50 years ago. It received scant attention from the media.

    It happened in more than one city too. I wouldn’t be surprised if it continues to happen and people actually get killed rather than just beat up.

  • Ted Savas

    We are witnessing, in real time, the unfolding of fascism in this country. I am a professional historian, and I don’t use that phrase lightly. It is the same thing that took place in Europe many decades ago, where freedom of expression was at first shouted down, and then stoned and beaten and later, shot, down. And now it happens on camera, and Americans . . . yawn.

    To me, it is proof we have already lost the Republic. Now the question is only this: What will take its place?

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